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Pak defence minister Insults woman legislator, calls her ‘tractor trolley’


ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has insulted Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shireen Mazari, during a National Assembly (NA) session on Wednesday.

Asif pointed towards Mazari and said, “Someone make this tractor trolley keep quiet” when she and other lawmakers protested to his speech on load shedding during Ramazan.

The minister added during a water and power discussion in NA that. “It will be better if you first transform your masculine voice into a more feminine one.”

Ms Mazari stood on her desk terming Mr Khawaja Asif’s remarks as an insult to women. “This attitude is wrong. He is insulting women,” she said.

The PTI lawmakers started protest, on his insulting comment urging Khawaja Asif to apologize for the comments.

Asif said: “I am not going to apologise, they can do whatever they want.”

PTI spokesman Naeem-ul Haq said: “Khawaja Asif should be hung upside down for his vulgarity and misbehaviour, and should be beaten with a shoe 25 times in the morning and 25 times in the evening.”

Mazari said the party will not keep quiet. “Being a minister, he should know how to speak to women, but sadly he doesn’t. I choose to ignore such people.”

“An ill-mannered person is government’s minister. Khawaja Asif lacks morals and ethics,” she added.

This is not the first time that a Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) legislator has used such unpleasant language in the House. Last year, PML(N) leader Talal Chaudhry had referred to Shireen Mazari as “aunty”.

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